Depressing data: South Africa is still #9 on global murder tables (but it could be far worse)General ponderings ·
I’m not normally a data hound (even though I love the discipline) but when I stumbled on this tweet:
Murder rate rank 2012 1 Honduras 2 Venezuela 16 Brazil 20 Mexico 55 Russia 89 #US 102 India 126 Canada 155 Singapore pic.twitter.com/cSDQcakVCr — Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) April 15, 2014
…it made me wonder where the good old RSA ranked. Alas, the answer is not exactly encouraging:
What is encouraging, if you dig a little deeper, is how much better we’re doing than 14 years ago. Back in 2000 our murder rate was nearly 50 per 100,000 people. That placed us at #3 in the murder rates, behind Colombia and Honduras. And while our murder rate (along with Colombia’s) has gradually improved, Honduras’s has only gotten worse. So, we should be grateful for that blessing at the very least.
You can find the original data here
…and my working file here.